by Olaf von Voss | 20th April 2016
A couple of days ago I tried to figure out the inner workings of the newly announced Edelkrone Jib Plus. Now, at NAB 2016, Seb met with Edelkrone’s CEO Kadir Köymen to find out how (and if) it actually works – and it does indeed! How the Edelkrone Jib Plus works As Kadir walks us through the inner workings of the different modules of the Jib Plus, it becomes very clear that first and foremost a lot of programming went into this device. The real magic happens inside the sensor module with sits between the tripod and your jib arm of choice. The module senses the movement of your given jib whether it is panning or tilting (or both, of course) and feeds the computer within to do its calculations. The system needs to see the target of choice from at least two different perspectives manually, then it triangulates the information and calculates a smooth curve for each and every in-between point in space. Some serious reverse kinematic calculations are going on! With only two points in space, the system will learn to point the camera at the given target no matter where you swing the jib manually. The best thing is that you can put the system on any jib, it will do all the tracking and focusing for you. You just need to operate the jib as you like and the camera will follow your target and holds it in frame. Focus probably will need more than two points; you teach the system as you go to refocus manually via the controller module. The resulting focus curve is being used for all stored targets shot with that same lens. So basically, we’re talking about an automatic target tracking system for jibs. According to Kadir, it is long going project—and it is almost finished. Please note, it’s still in a pretty advanced prototype state, but it will be ready in three months from now. Pricing of the Jib Plus The pricing has not been decided as of yet, but it definitely won’t be under $1,000 (or $2,000, even) as Kadir only smiles and says “I don’t know.” We have to wait a little longer, I assume. It’s really nice to see how a company can be so innovative and fresh like Edelkrone. Kadir tells us this is because they think differently: We don’t concentrate on the products, we just concentrate on the problems. All-in-all it sounds like a neat approach to come up with fresh and innovative products. Chapeau! Learn all about the new Jib Plus in our previous article and on the Edelkrone website.Read more
by Tim Fok | 8th April 2016
Here’s a nice little grip system that can save you time on set. The Ninja Dolly is versatile & compact, made in the U.S and benefits from the use of standard domestic tubing for the track. Primarily a dolly but also much more, place it on the ground for a high hat or rig it to a car with its four industry standard baby pin receivers. Introducing the Ninja Dolly I’m not sure what I see most of nowadays, Sony and their affordable 4K cameras or working DPs who have ventured into making an all-in-one grip product. The Ninja Dolly system (to the dismay of all Sony fanboys) falls into the latter category but shakes things up a little with its quick and easy switch between various guises. As a tracking dolly, the Ninja Dolly is a compact and universal system; a neat flat base, strong & thin with easy lift handles and a compact 75/100mm bowl adaptor in the middle for tripod heads. V-shaped wheels with flat tops ensure a wide variety of compatible track poles, as well as the option to track along a flat floor without any track. The Ninja Dolly ships with no track, just pop down your local hardware store and grab some standard scaff tubing in the 1 5/8″ region. The feet are the end blocks to your tracking system. These are adjustable in width according to your setup and payload and can either sit on the floor or attach to conventional grip heads via 1 or 2 baby receivers. 4 of the same industry standard baby receivers can be found on Ninja Dolly flat base. These protrude further than the wheels themselves meaning you can seamlessly switch between dolly and high hat configuration; they operate as the protection to the wheels when you place the Ninja Dolly on a flat surface too. However, their use doesn’t stop there; you can use the Ninja Dolly as a platform for car mounting. Or stick some suction cups on the receivers for more tricky configurations. Owner and creator, Brent Buntyn, takes pride in the 2-year journey it’s taken to get to this point—not only in production but also testing and refining the Ninja Dolly in-the-field as a working DP. I think this shows; it’s a simple system that catches my eyes due to its ability to switch seamlessly through configurations. Package price for the Ninja Dolly with 2 Feet Rail Brackets (no rails) is $799+shipping.Read more
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